Ranil pledges to withdraw shoot at sight order given to security forces



Newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had pledged to repeal the shoot at sight order given to security forces after the recent violence. 

Mr. Wickremesinghe made this pledge when foreign journalists questioned him about this procedure. Prime Minister’s office said such orders will be given to security forces only if riots resume. 

It was also reported that the new government will repeal the 20 amendment to the constitution and reduce President's powers. 

Meanwhile, UNP Assistant Leader Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told a press conference that no one from his party will look for any positions in the government. We will support without playing an active role in the government,” he said. “ The new cabinet will comprise members from a number of political parties,” he added.